Definition of drive-through in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdrīv ˌTHro͞o/
(also informal drive-thru)


Denoting a facility through or to which one can drive, especially to be served without leaving one’s car: a drive-through car wash drive-through restaurants the drive-thru window
More example sentences
  • People living near the site objected to the plans, saying two drive-through restaurants opposite each other was too much.
  • But retail outlets and drive-through restaurants are the wrong way to go.
  • This is not just to ease congestion, but also to track the movements of individual cars for commercial purposes, like figuring out where to locate drive-through restaurants.


A place or facility where one can be served without leaving one’s car.
Example sentences
  • The boxes expanded from their usual spots on city street corners to motel lobbies, resorts and fast-food drive-throughs.
  • Remote order-taking at drive-throughs - the latest trend in restaurant technology - is part of a broader effort by the industry to migrate some communication duties from in-store workers to off-site proxies.
  • Many of these neighborhoods were like drive-throughs, with people waiting in line to buy drugs instead of fast food.

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Syllabification: drive-through

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